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. good morning. i'm rabbi eric white. it is good to have you here with us this morning. we will start with connie the executive director of a jewish museum here. >> thank you for having me. >> this is the third year i believe coming up many june. >> yes of the new building, our fabulous building in downtown san francisco. it is our third our mission to be third approximate fourth in the cultural district. three years it is really a tribute to everyone who has visited and supported. it has been so successful. >> i know there are fascinating
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exhibitions, so why don't you jump in and let us know what's available for people to come and see? >> we are a noncollecting mu. every time you come they're wonderful exhibitions to explore for families, people of all ages and backgrounds. this summer we are seeing gear gertrude. this is the whole moment, their exhibition on the collections, but at the contemporary jewish museum you ged the inside life. it is filled with photographs, and materials and some of her clothing. you discover who she was as a writer, collector, as somebody who was really part of the birth of modernism in the western world. it is really quite extraordinary. >> for people who vaguely understand some of the vocabulary but don't know, what
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is modernism. >> it is breaking away from the past. stein love today claim she discovered picasso, and it was a whole new level of art making in the beginning of the 20th century. she was a writer who liked to think about writing very different way than anybody else before her. so in this exhibition at the contemporary jewish museum you get to discover all of these different aspectsover her. and the way in which she still has an extraordinary legacy that continues today that inspires art and writers and poets, and musicians and dancers. she really has this ability to really tap into people's creative creativity. >> what is it about her that keeps her so fresh and vibrant even today. >> it is a really good question because most people know who gertrude stein is. some people don't.
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i really feel she was somebody who was very quite but yet very powerful. she likes to think of herself as a genius but loved to talk to the everyday person on the street. he was proud of her judaism and didn't practice it. >> she was a native daughter, born in oakland. >> she was she was born in pennsylvania and raised in oakland. many people think of oak plan. once she left oakland and moved to east coast, she went to ragcliff studied at john hopkins and only came home once to america, and they came back to the bay area. she spoke in san francisco and at berkeley, stanford and went back to oakland. the phrase she said was there's no there there because she went to see her old house and it was no longer there. >> oh my gosh. if you think about, when i
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think about something like the sociology, she seems to presage things like performance art and experimentation with the written word, and with gathering people together to just explore ideas in her home and having -- the way she before commercialed or anything, you know technology, she was actually quite successful at self promoting she loved shelf promoting. she loved attention the. paris was her hometown but america was her countryment she wanted to be famous in america. she got it. she was on the cover of time magazine with the publication of the auto biography of her life long partner, it was drawn from that. she got the fame she wanted and when she toured america, they went everywhere and there was red carpet everywhere for her. she was really striving to be
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famous. she want today be known as a genius. she wanted to be known as somebody who really inspired the next generation. >> we will take a quick break and please join us in just a moment when we return here to mosaic.
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we are having a wonderful robust conversation with connie, director of the jewish museum. we have a lovely pick just to show folks. >> this is a portrait of g gear trued.
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gertrude. this is a -- if you come to see the show we have recreated that wallpaper, blue with doves on it. we try to give you a sense of what their life was like living in paris. we have many programs. every sunday families can come and participant. we welcome everyone to come and see the exhibition. >> i understand you have a family at a coming up. >> on july 24, from 9:00 to 11:00, we are welling families and special activities and singing and performances. it will be a really great experience for everybody. >> so in addition to gertrude, what else is going on. >> we have another exhibition on the work of charlotte and most people don't know charlotte's but she was a young artist from berlin and during the hold she patiented 18 works of art in a short period of
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time. we have about 300 of them on view. she created a story about her own life and she even scores what the music she wants to be performed these beautiful elegant paintings of her life. it is so powerful and meeting. it has a sad ending. she was taken away and died. she was pregnant at the time. she had just been married. she was living in the south of france, and she took these paintings and handed them to a friend and said take good care of these, this is my life. >> we have one to show. >> yes. >> the painting, the pallet we have been told she only had three color of paint to work with, red, yellow and blue. she also had white as well. but these are so expensive and so meaningful. this is a self portrait. >> what is the medium here? >> it is paint on paper, and
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there are just these beautiful objects that she quickly patiented and told these stories. each one has a text that accompanies it. some times it was on another piece of paper and some times on the foe picture themselves. >> that somebody hands off hundreds of painting and entrusted them to them, how aalong the way do you discover them, did this woman preserve them so they're presentable. >> these are such great questions because in this case, this young woman died at the age of 25. and her father and step mother who -- they survivorred and they went looking for her after the war and they discovered all that remained were these paintings. and they're at the jewish
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museum in amsterdam and they travel very infrequently and we were very important to have them come to san francisco. i think they're so compelling and so powerful they deserve attention from the entire community, not just as a h ordinary hollicost. >> this is what she was producing at such a young age wha might her position have become if she had lived a life. >> it is clearly she was full of talent, and full of ideas. and really reflective about her own life and the world she lived in. so it is a loss not to know what would have happened but we have this and it is an incredible gift. >> we have just a minute left, but in just a couple f o sentences, three years running now and a new home so successful and vibrant. what are system of the the
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lessons learned. >> what has been great about the museum and the news basis, you continue have to be jewish to come to the jewish museum. over half of our visitors are not jewish. we have people from all over the world. visitors from the bay area, we have a very large population a lot of people who come are families. we have become known as a family destination. these are things that make me very proud that we are welcoming, exhibitions that people want to engage in. it really is a place that has really grown from being supported from this community and we are so please today be able to give back in so many ways. >> congratulations on a third year anniversary. >> thank you. >> and ayou will of the wonderful exhibits and please go to the contemporary jewish museum and have a wonderful day, by you're, with friend, with family, it is a wonderful place to go. >> we will be right back here at mosaic in just a moment. teach an old dog new tricks?
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theater in san francisco and runs until august 8. we are in san francisco from july 21st to the 3 # 1st, and then we are in also berkeley from july 30th to august 6th, palo alto from august 1st to the 7th and from august 6 to the 8th. >> so you are all over the bay area. >> we are. >> i know thr always wonderful things and films that you have and special award presentations, hah coming up this year for the film festival. >> we have a film called -- which means the flood. the it is an israeli native. >> it is a great israeli actress. it is a drama, very emotional film. it is very well acted, beautifully shot. we will have the director and
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the in the film he's like a 12- year-old will be here for the opening night. >> we have a party, big party following that. it is really very she been celebrate. >> what is the basic theme. >> ty a drama about a dysfunctional family with a boy that's going to be bar and his brother returned to the family and he had been institutionalized. it is all about what that does to the family. >> and with the title. >> yes. >> the director will be here. he also as an opening night called the strangers. he will be here with the film. >> then continuing on, what are the other things and closing night film and -- >> yeah, closing night we are really excited. we have a film called 100
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voices, a journey home." >> this is a musical/documentary who travel back to perform their, to sing there. we are having a prefilm cob concert and actually two local canters and that's rocklin broke from here in san francisco and also sharon bernsteen from -- >> how wonderful. >> are both of them in the film? >> those two are not t in the film, but they're lovely singers and we thought it would be great to have them contribute their voices. >> fantastic local canters. >> from north america or from europe. >> they're from all over the united states and i think all over the world and it becomes kind of a little bit of a root story as well, some of them retrace their own family
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historys and how they were affected. it is deeply moving and sell celebrateory. >> that will be the at the castro on closing night. >> for folks who would go to the palo alto are both of those also there. >> yes, yes, rightment? >> yes. >> you have so many -- how many films do you have this year. >> we have 59 films. we have about 30 guests comeing from all over the world. yep. >> and so what are some of the other things that are happen thing year? >> -- -- happen thing year. >> we have a large selection of films from poland which includes the closing night film that i talked about. and with have a lot of inner faith films.
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one is called "77 steps" and she had a film a couple of years back that was a real crowd favorite. so this film is dealing with also the personal documentary. we have many of those, and she is the director, and she is showing her life in israel as an arab and has a boyfriend who is jewish. and they have an interfaith relationship and what that means living there. >> we will take a quick break and come back to mosaic in just a moment. please join us. ,,
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>> welcome back. we are having a wonderful conversation about the -- from july 21 to 3 # 1 and berkeley july 30 to august 6 and palo alto and in san rafael august 6 to 8. >> we are talking about other pieces that are going on at the san francisco jewish film festival. it is your 31st year. it is the first and really the most well attended jewish film festival in entire world. congratulations. so what else is happening this year at the san francisco jewish film festival. >> one of the things we are most excited about is every year we give out one award called the freedom of expression award. this year, we are having douglas come in person to receive the award and to
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introduce sparticus and he considers that his finest moment in that he broke the blacklist by insisting that the screen writer use his real name in the credits. and that's part of why we are giving him the award. he's a jewish actor that's proud of judaism and has weekly sessions with his rabbi. so we are really thrill today have him on the castro stage. >> so i think some people may not actually be familiar with what the blacklisting period was in hollywood. how would you ebbing plain that? >> well -- explain that? >> well, in the 50s, joseph mccarthy started this basically this red and people were not
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allowed to work with if they have affiliation of leftist organization. people were accused of being communist. they had to use different names to still get some work under ali -- this is the first time that was broken and douglas was courageous enough to do that against the times. >> for a justice issue. >> yeah, exactly. >> so we are so excited to have him on stage. he's 94. so what will happen with had him that evening. >> it is actually in the afternoon, it is in the afternoon. he will arrive in san francisco. we will bring him on stage. we will giver him the award. he will talk for a while about whatever he wants to talk about mostly i think about sparticus and breaking the blacklist. there will be some questions
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and then we will go into sparticus. >> wow. what are the other things coming up this year. >> another thing we are excited about is comedy night. this will be monday night at the castro. and we are going to show three iconic cartoon episodes. we call it jews in toons and we will show an episode from family guy, from south park, and from the simpsons. we will are calling it collective laughter. we have a special guest, mike reese who is aa director and writer for the simpsons. he's also the online short called and also the critic but it was very amazing series.
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he also wrote this year's trailer which is going be with the character. >> wow. and when you look at the film festival and deciding what films to bring to the public, can you give us a sense of actually what you do to get to actually the choice of the catalog? >> sure. we have a submission process, where film makers submit their filmsment in addition we go to other film festivals and looking at fining the strongest films with jewish content out there. as we do that, themes naturally develop. so those are some that we talked about. we have many films from poland. that was just a really nice surprise. with kiter douglas douglas, we have come up with the juggler from the early 60s.
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we plays a survivor in the film who is moving to israel right after '49. and it is a pretty spectacular film. we will show it on the big screen, and we are excited about it. >> we also have many films about the film makers themselves. we call it personal docks where people basically turn the camera on themselves and it is their own personal story. we bring most them to the film festival. >> we are coming to the end of the program. why don't we let people know where they can go. so it begins july 21st through august 8th. july 31st. >> and the jcc in san francisco. palo alto august 1st through 7th and berkeley. >> berkeley we are-rodo
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theater, from the 30th to the 6th. >> and august 6, 7, l in san rafael where. >> at the rafael. >> let's go to san francisco jewish film festival and have a wonderful time. if you for being with us here on mosaic. ,,,, 3q
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